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Drop in NBU pass percentage

Siliguri, Sept. 13: The pass percentages of Part III exams of under-graduate courses in arts, science and commerce in North Bengal University have come down sharply this year.

The results published today showed that none of the 12,995 students who had appeared for BA exams could score 60 per cent or first division marks. Further, only 56.68 per cent of the students could pass the exams against the 81.07 per cent recorded last year — a decline of 24.39 per cent.

“This year, 12,995 students have appeared for the BA exams and only 6,822 of them have passed. None of these students could secure a first division,” said Susanta Das, the controller of examinations who published the results today.

The pass percentage in commerce stream has come down to 84.92 from 91.71 last year. Out of the 769 commerce examinees this year, 634 have passed. Seven students have scored more than 60 per cent marks.

The science students could not put up a better performance either. Although 14 students have secured 60 per cent marks in the science stream, the pass percentage has come down to 77.84 from 88.28 per cent last year. Of the 337 students, 251 could sail through this year.

Academicians cited various reasons for the poor performance by the students.

“The number of students bagging first divisions in commerce and science streams has always been less. But the pass percentage of humanities students is really dismal this year. A major reason for the drop in the success rate is the admission of a large number of students to BA courses without taking into account the infrastructure at colleges. That will naturally take a toll on the quality of education,” said the controller of exams.

Moloy Karanjai, the principal of Siliguri College, said the fact that the teachers did not get enough days to check answer scripts had also to be taken into consideration.

“Although we are yet to analyse the results in a full-fledged manner, we have found that there is no consistency in the results of students during the whole period of their courses. The same students had scored higher marks in higher secondary, Part I and II exams,” he said, hinting that the scripts might not have been checked properly.

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